Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Awkward Easter

I came across this article on the Huffington Post.
Awkward Family Easter Photos.
I felt compelled to share.
Check out #11.
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, April 25, 2011

This and That

This weekend was the perfect mix of fun and relaxing.

Friday night, TG and I went to see Water For Elephants. We both really liked it.
By the way, movie food and candy has gotten even more ridiculous. $4.50 for a water! And I saw on the menu that a meal of fries, chicken tenders and a drink = $17.50. How crazy is that?

Reese Witherspoon is so adorable. And I know all you twilight lovers will shudder but...it was nice to see Robert Pattinson all cleaned up.
He always looks so dirty. Clean and in a tuxedo=much better!
I was not prepared for the animal cruelty in this movie. I'm such an animal lover. My eyes welled up with tears more than once.

Saturday morning started our with a little car trouble. (TG's, not mine). He just got a new car and something already went wrong. Thankfully that something isn't anything huge.
So, I got to ride in a tow truck. Thanks to my AAA membership (Thank you, Grandmama Louise!), the towing was free.
TG got a loaner car and we continued on our happy way.

We had lunch at a little hidden gem of a place. Butler's Carolina BBQ.
People have strong feelings about their BBQ and which style is best.
We wholeheartedly believe that North Carolina BBQ (vinegar based sauce) is the best.
This little place even served Cheerwine and Sundrop! Perfection.
I had a BBQ sandwich with slaw on top, a side of fried okra, and a side of mac and cheese.
I told TG, "I feel like I have the South in my mouth."

Sunday we ventured to a new church which we loved! Easter Sunday is always so uplifting. I'm always reminded of how much bigger HE is than I am. And I'm always so humbled by how much He loves us.

After church, we exchanged Easter baskets. I was so glad to have candy again. TG also put a new pair of pink J. Crew shorts in my basket. I may or may not have mentioned them last week.
We spent the afternoon over at our friends' house and enjoyed a delicious Easter dinner. It's nice to have friends to spend holidays with when we can't be with our families.

Wednesday I'm heading home to North Carolina for my good friend's wedding weekend. And to spend some time with my family. I haven't been home since Christmas!

I still need to post a recap from when my sister was here. I'm trying to get all my grad school work done before I leave Wednesday. I hate having to do work while I'm home with my family. Hopefully I can get it all done before then.

What's your favorite Easter tradition?
Do you have a BBQ preference?

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Thursday, April 21, 2011

Thursday Thoughts

  • This baby giraffe has nothing to do with anything at all. He's just the cutest thing I've ever seen.
  • I enjoyed a mini stay-cation with my sister the past few days. Now I'm feeling overwhelmed by the amount of work that needs to be done.
  • I can't wait to eat candy on Sunday. I told TG that I may need a medic on site in case I go into diabetic shock.
  • I loooved having my sister here.
  • We are celebrating Easter and enjoying an Easter lunch with some friends this weekend. After going to church, of course. I haven't bought an "Easter dress" in a few years. My mom used to dress all four of us up in matching smocked outfits.
  • I'm obsessed with my NOMI candle. It was love at first sniff when I smelled it burning in the bathroom at the NOMI lounge of the Park Hyatt in Chicago. I told TG how much I loved it and then his step-mom gave me two for Christmas. Score.
  • The lack of blogging the past week has been directly correlated to graduate school work & playing with my sister. Weekend recap and giveaway coming very soon.

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Friday, April 15, 2011

Reading List

I'm linking up over at Kelly's Korner today for Show Us Your Life. The topic this week is reading lists. I love to read but only once I get past the first chapter of a book. I feel like I'm in la la land for the first few pages of most books I read. Anywho, I've got a few books in mind for spring/summer reading.

It's no secret that I love Bethenny. Although her mood swings are starting to get on my nerves, I love her anyway.
I definitely want to read Bethenny's new book: A Place of Yes.

I started reading The Help when my friend Tess was visiting but then got sidetracked with schoolwork and life. I was really enjoying the first few chapters of it though. I think I will try to pick it up again this weekend.

I can't wait for Jen Lancaster's new book to come out, If You Were Here. I've read two of her books, Bitter is the New Black & Bright Lights, Big Ass. Both are hilarious. I wouldn't mind reading her book Pretty in Plaid as well.

You should also check out her blog, Jennsylvania. It's hysterical and entertains me on a daily basis.

I've also been wanting to read Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

What books are on your list?

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Thursday, April 14, 2011

This Weekend

I have very special company this weekend. Tomorrow afternoon, I will pick up my dear sister from the airport. And then...4 whole days of sisterly fun will begin! Weeee!

I feel really lucky that I have such a close relationship with my sister. I know that not everyone has that. It truly is a blessing.

It's her spring break week and I'm so glad she decided to come see me. I can't believe my little Syd is going to be graduating from high school in like, a month...(-ish). Come August, she will be attending the same university as I did. Keepin' the legacy alive.

Every time we talk about college, I get so excited for her. Ah, nostalgia. She laughs at me because I say lame things like "You're going to have the time of your life", or "Seriously, it's the best" while grinning ear to ear. I'm cheesy like that.

While I am so excited about the next chapters of my life, I sometimes wish I could relive my college days. I feel like college went by so quickly. Don't you think? I had a wonderful "college experience" and I don't think I would really do anything differently. Did you love your college years?

I digress.

Here are some activities I have planned:
1) Go to Yogurtology (or try the new Pinkberry in Tampa!)
2) Sunshine-y Lunch in downtown St. Petersburg
3) Go visit our alligator friends.
(I need to recondition myself to not be afraid. I was much less afraid of living among reptile beasts until I saw a disturbing scene of Planet Earth last night. Without warning a HUGE gator came out of the water and drowned an antelope and then ate it..Eesh.)
4) International Mall (Nordstrom, ZARA, etc.)
5) Lay out by the pool
6) Go to the beach.

What are you up to this weekend?

Thursday Things

This is serious.
I need these chairs.
How darling would these be in an apartment kitchen against white walls?

I keep coming back to these letters. Not exactly sure where I would put them, but I like 'em!
Perhaps I could put an 'a' and a 'z' as bookends on a book shelf?
Or get a 'h' and a 't' for the bathroom?

I saw this belt on Zara's website yesterday. I have so many tunic-type dresses this would look cute with. I will probably be stopping by Zara this weekend to see if they have one.
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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Davis Island Dog Beach

Over the weekend we packed up the dogs and headed over to Davis Island.
They have a great little fenced in dog beach.
Swimming dogs galore.

Needless to say, these two had the time of their lives.
They napped the rest of the day.
Worn. Slam. Out.

Question: I've been playing around trying to make my pictures bigger (but still clear). What height and width do you change yours to in the HTML to make it the biggest and clearest possible?

Friday, April 8, 2011

Weekend ten

How do you like my new blog design?
I think it's swell : D

I made a to-do list for my weekend.

1. Happy hour with friends tonight. (Mojito, please).

2. Go to the movie theatre to see Arthur. Not the Aardvark. The Russell Brand.

3. Figure out why my driver side car door won't (freaking) close all the way. It is driving me insane to see that little red picture of a car with doors open light up on my dashboard.

4. Do the Yuengling Brewery Tour and Tasting.

5. Try a new church on Sunday.

6. Go to the Hyde Park Farmer's Market on Sunday afternoon.

7. Get organized before the next set of classes start on Monday : (

8. Try to cook something new (and follow directions on the recipe...)

9. Make my bookshelf look like this.

10. Lay by the pool. (Why am I the palest person in Florida?)
The 'T' in my 'GTL' is too often missing from the mix.

What are you doing this weekend?

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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Strange Stuff

Last weekend while in Sports Authority, I saw this.

And you thought the Snuggie couldn't get any better or more stylish.
We end up in Sports Authority much more frequently than I would like to admit. However,
they do have that delicious Quench sports gum. It is sour and yummy.
(And gum is as close as I can get to candy until Easter.)

THEN, coming out of Publix tonight, I saw this.

Friends, those are LIPS on the front of the bug. And EYELASHES around the headlights.

Random, I know. But not too much going on around here the past few days. (Obviously)
Are you watching the Teen Mom reunion tonight?

Happy Tuesday!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Guest Blogging

I'm guest blogging about my everyday essentials over at Tea Time with Tess today!
So head on over and say hello!